Quintin van Jaarsveld
There was never a dull moment in the fourth round of the KwaZulu-Natal Road Racing Club Championship at Dezzi South Coast Raceway on Saturday.
With the Inex Legends and Lotus Challenge competitors joining the fray, the line-up was stacked with roughly 165 single entries and 180 double entries.
Racing was plagued with delays due to some engine failures, which caused oil spills on the track, deploying the KZN marshall teams into action to do clean-up work and recoveries of stricken vehicles.
Overall, though, a good crowd of around 650 spectators were treated to some great racing.
The Inex Legends drivers had their driving skills tested when one of the cars blew an engine down the main straight, dropping oil in the braking zone and into turn 1. Turn 1 became very busy with cars spinning out and cars trying to avoid each other with the slick track surface.
The 300 Class continued to grow with close on 20 bikes, bringing with it great talent such as Malcolm Rudman, Blaze Baker and Nikolai Conci. Good hard racing was on the show with these guys giving it all they have.
The Modifieds Class also had strong numbers again, lending a fantastic show for everyone to witness with close racing in the sub classes. This is definitely a crowd-pulling class with the vigour and tight racing.
The winning drivers were Jason Loosemore (Inex Legends), Thomas Falkiner (Lotus Challenge) Lawrence Smith (Super GT), Davie Rabie (Sports), Ronald van Rensburg (Modified A), Dane Thompson (Modified B), Zahid Hassim (Modified C) and Paul Tarboton. (Super Modified).
The bike winners were Malcolm Rudman (300cc and Formula Extreme A), Shaun du Preez (300cc Masters), Corne Theron (Formula Extreme B), Shaun Joffe (150cc), Adrian Jansen Ter Laeck (150cc Masters), Duncan Day (Powersports) and Hein Etzel (Supermotard).
“It was a crazy weekend full of highs and lows,” club chairman Llewellyn Puren told eHowzit.
“Our Inex Legends and Lotus Challenge guests put on a grand show with some exciting racing in both heats while the championship classes embraced the challenges of an oily surface in great stride with some classes turning out good lap times despite these challenges.
“We’d like to thank the KZN Marshalls Association with Barry at the helm for their efforts to keep the program alive – his team stepped up to the plate. A huge thank you to Jani van Jaarsveld and her team from Natal Recoveries as well for their recovery work as they were kept very busy,” he added.
Round Five of the KwaZulu-Natal Road Racing Club Championship will take place at Dezzi South Coast Raceway on 17 August.
For more information about the club and their events, visit www.KZNRRC.co.za.
Photos by Graham Montanari, sponsored by Steve’s Motorcycles